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Three local skaters are representing the Winkler Skating Club this weekend. From March 23-25, they will attend Stony on Ice 2018 at the Stony Mountain Recreation Centre. Left, Rebecca Giesbrecht, Naomi Hildebrand, Jane Hiebert.

Skaters head to Stony on Ice

Three local skaters are representing the Winkler Skating Club this weekend. From March 23-25, they will attend Stony on Ice 2018 at the Stony Mountain Recreation Centre. Rebecca Giesbrecht, Naomi Hildebrand, Jane Hiebert are competing.

Tiago Oliveira was only the third player in GVC Zodiacs' history to be named to the Top 10 list in Manitoba. (MARK HAMM)

GVC basketball player named to MB top 10

A Garden Valley Collegiate basketball star has been named to the top 10 list in Manitoba. Tiago Oliveira was only the third player in GVC Zodiacs’ history to be given that honour. The top 10, published by the Winnipeg Sun, honours the best basketball players annually.

Back left, Acoyen Fehr, Cris Yaschyshyn (head coach), Rhett Perrin, Nic Wiebe, Jason Vanrobaeys (coach), Miranda Wuerch, Zach Dyck, Ben Dias, Jayden Penner, Jerry Fehr (coach). Middle, Owen Vanrobaeys, Brooks Merasty, Rory Hunt, Marissa Fehr, Josh Guilford Rickman, Darby Olson. Front, Raiden Legall, Bryson Yaschyshyn.

Morden Hawks win provincial bronze

The Morden Hawks AA Pee Wee team won bronze at the provincials in Dauphin. They started the weekend off strong defeating their division rival Portage Terriers 5-0 but then stumbled against a very strong Dauphin team to end the round robin portion of the tournament with a 1-1 record.

Fresh off a MCAC Championship campaign, CMU Women’s Basketball is pleased to announce the commitment of Madison Wood for the 2018-19 MCAC and NIAC seasons. The 5’9 Morden Collegiate guard averaged 26 points per game for her ‘AAA’ high school season for the Thunder who went undefeated through their 2018 regular season before dropping a close decision in the interzone championships last weekend.

CMU scores big with Morden Thunder guard

Fresh off a MCAC Championship campaign, CMU Women’s Basketball is pleased to announce the commitment of Madison Wood for the 2018-19 MCAC and NIAC seasons. The 5’9 Morden Collegiate guard averaged 26 points per game for her ‘AAA’ high school season for the Thunder who went undefeated through their 2018 regular season.

Jared Friesen and Lori Steppler pose with their medals.

Skiers medal at Manitoba Games

A pair of skiers medalled at the Manitoba Games in Thompson.Jared Friesen and Lori Steppler, both members of the La Riviere Alpine Ski team returned home with medals. Jared Friesen won a bronze medal in parallel slalom and coach Alexis Stockford said he worked hard to earn it. “He had to fight back from a crash that he had in qualifiers,” she said.

Morden Curling Club’s Gwen Wooley rink won the 2018 Manitoba’s Credit Unions Masters Provincial Championships in Gimli on March 10. They defeated Sandra Cowling of Hamiota 7-4 in the final. Left, Mardie Newton, Kathy Isaac, Lynn Sandercock and Gwen Wooley. (BROOK JONES/Interlake Spectator)

Morden rink wins Masters

Morden Curling Club’s Gwen Wooley rink won the 2018 Manitoba’s Credit Unions Masters Provincial Championships in Gimli on March 10.

National qualifiers included Tessa Warkentine, Matt Klassen and Aaron Warkentine.

Local skiers excel

Local skiers will be heading to provincial and national competition. The Boundary Trails Nordic Ski Team is looking to conclude their 2017-18 ski season on a high note with competitions at the MB Games and the Canadian National Championships.

GVC varsity teams rule the court

Senior boys and girls basketball teams are off to provincials after finding success at interzone competition. The two senior teams took on Vincent Massey in Brandon, as did the school’s junior teams. (The junior varsity girls advanced to provincials while the boys did not.) The GVC Varsity Girls showed up to play, beating Vincent Massey 81-58.

The GVC Junior Varsity Girls won zones and interzones and are off to the provincials.

GVC JV girls earn spot at provincials

The GVC junior varsity girls basketball team earned a spot in the provincials after winning the zones and interzone final. Coach Mark Hamm said after defeating NPC, the team took to the court against Vincent Massey in Brandon. But they did it, not expecting to take home the win. “It’s our rival every year,” he explained.

The GVC Varsity Zodiacs Boys basketball team won the Sturgeon Heights Huskies Invitational last weekend.

GVC wins Huskies Invitational

The GVC Varsity Zodiacs Boys basketball team won the Sturgeon Heights Huskies Invitational last weekend. Coach Walter Giesbrecht described the win as one of the team’s biggest accomplishments in several years. “Sturgeon Heights is a quality 4A school,” he said, adding their basketball program and coaching is among the best in the province.

A group of Winkler figure skaters are heading off to the Manitoba Open Competition. The skaters will compete at Stride Place, hosted by the Portage Skating Club, Feb. 16-18. Left, Sofia Polynko, Daniela Heinrichs, Brooke Kuhl, Jessica Heinrichs, Naomi Hildebrand and Hailey Penner.

Manitoba Open Awaits

A group of Winkler figure skaters are heading off to the Manitoba Open Competition. The skaters will compete at Stride Place, hosted by the Portage Skating Club, Feb. 16-18. Sofia Polynko, Daniela Heinrichs, Brooke Kuhl, Jessica Heinrichs, Naomi Hildebrand and Hailey Penner are the local skaters taking part.

Mike McEwen. File Photo

Chickenpox knocks McEwen from the house

Mike McEwen has faced some tough opponents in his curling career, but never one quite like this. The top-seeded skip and two-time defending champ at the Manitoba men’s curling championship has come down with a case of chickenpox, leaving his status for the rest of the event in doubt.

Members of the ceremonial team Brennan Kezema, Henry (Hank) Klassen and Abe Suderman (back) swept in the ceremonial rock to officially kick off the 2018 Viterra Championship on Jan. 31. (LAUREN MACGILL, Winkler Times)

Viterra Championship kicks off

The Viterra Championship kicked off on Jan. 31, bringing the best of Manitoba men’s curling to Winkler. Mayor Martin Harder and MLA for Morden-Winkler Cameron Friesen were on hand for the opening ceremonies, and local musician Jayme Giesbrecht sang the national anthem. Event chair Louis Tanguay also took a moment to remember Gary and Tammy Berg.

Pat Simmons delivers during the provincial men's curling championship in Winkler, Man., on Wed., Jan. 31, 2018. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun

Pat Simmons heads young 'Toba team

It was a shot in the dark, aimed over the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. And it brought a zombie-killing, Brier-winning skip to this province, where he’s trying to take a team young enough to be his kids to a national championship.